She’s such an interesting dog. A rescued girl from Alabama, we have never even had a second of thinking about life without Athena. She so seamlessly integrated herself into our family – with her sweet, docile personality, her intense eyes, and her gentle and even dainty nature. Of course we have gotten word about what her life was like down south, and what breeds of dogs her parents were, but I can’t wait to know for sure. Soon we’ll get back our results from her Wisdom Panel® 3.0 swab.
We are constantly asked what breed Athena is. There are some questions that are spot-on – is she a basenji or part basenji? For sure she is, although she can bark and has a Siberian husky tail. Sometimes people say she looks like a dingo, and many kids have asked their parents as Athena races by – “Is that a red fox?” “No, of course it isn’t,” the parents say looking back at her.. “at least I think?” For me it’s fun and it’s part of my dog owner pride to get asked these questions. It means these questions are even being raised to begin with because she’s intruiging. And it’s because she can’t necessarily be placed.
There are millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the United States and I’m proud to be one! Having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical to me and others, for the nutrition, training and overall healthcare of our pets. If we can better understand the breeds that make up our dogs, we can receive much more targeted care, and in some cases, can be provided with lifesaving information. Mars Veterinary is the industry leader in canine genetic testing and they’re launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test – Wisdom Panel® 3.0 — and is not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but also the medical applications with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening. What’s the MDR1? (Multi-Drug Resistance 1)
It’s a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, as well as many mixed-breed dogs. The MDR1 gene is responsible for the production of a protein called P-glycoprotein. This P-glycoprotein molecule is a drug transport pump that plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and distribution, particularly to the brain, and enhancing the excretion/elimination of many drugs used in dogs. How does this come into play? Dogs with this MDR1 mutation may have severe adverse reactions to common drugs, so it’s important to test mixed-breed dogs and purebreds with the high-propensity breeds, and for owners to share results with their veterinarian. That way, the dog can receive the best care.
1. It covers 250+ breeds, types and varieties of dogs, including all of those recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can also be run for mixed-breed, designer and purebred dogs.
2. It can provide ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.
3. It can be done at home and consists of two swabs that the owner rubs between the gum and the cheek of the dog for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction. Results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the lab receives the DNA.
4. The kit includes instructions, DNA cheek swabs (all for use on one dog), a drying insert for swabs, and a pre-paid return shipping box.
5. The benefits of running this test are sky-high! The information can provide you with the ability to develop a training program that works with your breed, and you can get a better understanding of their behavior. You can also develop a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs and/or achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. The test can assist in determining what the adult size of your dog might be, and what breed-specific health concerns or common issues you can look out for.
Wisdom Panel will be at the following event to share more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing:
December 5: Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, AZ – with swabbing http://holidaypetfestival.com/
For all events that allow dogs, consumers can swab onsite at the event for a discounted price of $39.99. For those wanting to take home a kit, they can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99 (MSRP $84.99). You can visit www.WisdomPanel.com for more information and to purchase a kit.
Wisdom Panel does not offer a guaranteed accuracy level, however if a good, clean sample is obtained—dog does not share any food/toys/water with any other dogs prior to testing and doesn’t eat any food/treats—accuracy can be about 90%.